September Reading Wrap up!! 15 reads!!!

I really had such a good reading month! I am super impressed with all the books that I read and was actually able to tackle quite a few of my planned fall reads!! So lets get into to it!

Time Wrap Ya Book Club Books:

  1. Ignite the Stars: 4 Stars
  2. Kingdom of Ash: 4 Stars

Other Reads:

  1. House of Salt and Sorrow ( Owl Crate) 4 stars!!
  2. The Paris Seamstress (Adult Read) 4 Stars
  3. Hunting Prince Dracula (Fall read) 4 Stars
  4. The Okay Witch (Fall read, Arc September) 3 Stars
  5. The Beautiful (Fall read, Arc October) 4 Stars
  6. The Vandbeekers to the Rescue (New Release) 5 Stars
  7. Ignite the Stars (Time warp book) 4 stars
  8. Pumpkin Heads (August Arc) 4 Stars
  9. The Mysterious Benedict Society (Backlist) 3 Stars
  10. The Mystwick School of Musicraft (Audibook) 4.5 stars
  11. Dead Voices (Audibook) 4 stars
  12. Deadly Little Scandals (ARC NOVEMBER 2019) 5 stars
  13. We Hunt the Flame (Owl Crate book) 3 Stars
  14. Sanity and Talluah: Field Trip (ARC October) 3.5 stars
  15. Kingdom of Ash (Time Wrap Ya book) 4

So tell me in the comments what was your highlight reads of the month in the comments!

My top reads of the month are:

  1. The Vandbeekers to the Rescue
  2. The Mystwick School of Musicraft
  3. Deadly Little Scandals

Disappointing reads of the month:

  1. The Mysterious Benedict Society
  2. We Hunt the Flame

Let me know in the comments what were some of your highlight reads of the month and what books you were able to tackle this month!!

Later book lovers!!

Spin the Dawn (Non-Spoiler Review)!!

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Published by  Knopf Books for Young Readers on July 9, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, fantasy

Pages: 397

Format: Hardback

Source: Owl Crate

2019 challenge:

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job. Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.  And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined. Steeped in Chinese culture, sizzling with forbidden romance, and shimmering with magic, this young adult fantasy is pitch-perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas or Renée Ahdieh.

My Thoughts:

I really did enjoy this read I loved the various aspects of this read including the competition and also the adventure that took place in the second half of the novel. I really was captured by the plot. I also really liked the Mulan inspired elements throughout the novel. I also really enjoyed the tailor competition and found it to be super compelling and the overall plot really captured me. I will admit the romance did grow on me throughout the novel. I wish the the secondary characters were featured a tad more and wish more characters were focused on throughout the novel. I really am excited for book 2!

10 blind dates (Arc Review)

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

Published by  Disney Hyperion on October 1, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Holiday Read

Pages: 336

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

2019 challenge:

Buy on AmazonBarnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Sophie wants one thing for Christmas—a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship. Cue devastation. Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents’ house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That’s when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby. When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she’s started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available. This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever . . . or is it?

My Thoughts:

I can’t say enough good things about this novel. This book is the prefect holiday themed contemporary read. I really thought this book was so well crafted and loved not only the structure of the book but also he time line of this book. I really grew so invested not only in the main character but also all the various members of the main character family. This family size reminded so much of my own life and it just put a smile on my face. I really also loved the various dates that occurred in this novel and just the romance gave me so many feels. I really loved this book and think you will find it to the prefect holiday themed read!

Geeks and the Holy grail (arc review)!!

The Camlot Code: Geeks and the Holy Grail by 

Published by   Disney-Hyperion on October 1, 2019

Genres: Middle Grade , Adventure

Pages: 368

Format: ARC

Source: Publisher

2019 challenge:

Buy on AmazonBarnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Time travel, dragons, and saving the world? Sophie and Stu’s spring break just got epic! 
Sophie is now a Camelot Companion, tasked with protecting the spirit of King Arthur throughout the ages, so it’s no surprise when she and Stu get sucked in to another Arthurian adventure. This time, the two best friends must get the Holy Grail into King Arthur’s hands so he can drink from it and recover from a deadly illness. Simple, right?
Not so much. Because Merlin’s apprentice, Emrys, has accidentally turned the Grail into a gassy, fire-breathing baby dragon. And Merlin is the only one who can change it back. But Merlin’s on spring break in modern-day Las Vegas (at the Excalibur, of course). And Sophie’s super-popular (not to mention super-annoying) future stepsister, Ashley, has invited herself along for the ride. From sneaking a baby dragon through airport security to the ultimate showdown with the sorceress Morgana, deep in the land of Faerie, this new Camelot Code adventure will test not only the two geeks’ courage, but also their very friendship. 
Don’t miss a single moment of the action in this exciting sequel to The Camelot Code #1:The Once and Future Geek!

My Thoughts:

I thought this was an enjoyable second book in this series. I really did enjoy the new storyline and the plot of this book was super engaging. I also liked the new characters that we met and the new dragon that was the focus of this novel. I really did enjoy the focus on the new characters that we met in this novel. I did miss the characters that were the focus in book one, but the book was still enjoyable. I really did like how this book went to new “world” and i also did like the relationship dynamics between sophie and Stu! I am hoping we get another adventure in this world soon!

Race To The Sun (Arc Review) (Non-Spoiler Review)

Race to the Sun by Rebecca RoanHorse

Published by  Disney Hyperion on October 2, 2019  

Genres: Middle Grade, Mythology

Pages: 416

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

2019 challenge:

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Lately, seventh grader Nizhoni Begay has been able to detect monsters, like that man in the fancy suit who was in the bleachers at her basketball game. Turns out he’s Mr. Charles, her dad’s new boss at the oil and gas company, and he’s alarmingly interested in Nizhoni and her brother, Mac, their Navajo heritage, and the legend of the Hero Twins. Nizhoni knows he’s a threat, but her father won’t believe her. When Dad disappears the next day, leaving behind a message that says “Run!”, the siblings and Nizhoni’s best friend, Davery, are thrust into a rescue mission that can only be accomplished with the help of Diné Holy People, all disguised as quirky characters. Their aid will come at a price: the kids must pass a series of trials in which it seems like nature itself is out to kill them. If Nizhoni, Mac, and Davery can reach the House of the Sun, they will be outfitted with what they need to defeat the ancient monsters Mr. Charles has unleashed. But it will take more than weapons for Nizhoni to become the hero she was destined to be . . . Timeless themes such as the importance of family and respect for the land resonate in this funny, fast-paced, and exciting quest adventure set in the American Southwest.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this read. I think this book did a prefect job of exploring a new myth system but still used the tired and true riordan format that works so well. I loved the fact that the lead character in this story was female and really loved her point of view. I thought the myths we were exposed to was super compelling and I really loved learning about them. I also loved how this story also developed a trio of characters that I loved learning about. I really loved the family dymancis in this story and really flew through this book. I will def check out a sequel as well. I really enjoyed this read and loved the quest elements in this book. It made me keep reading. I hope to see these characters again in the sequel! I thought the pacing in the start was was a bit clunky but overall i enjoyed the pacing of the novel.

First line Friday: Deadly Little Scandals!!

So I am becoming so much better at reading fall themed books in the fall and this book is another one that is high on my TBR! It is early read that comes out this fall!

First Line Friday:

” When I am nervous and I can’t dance, I babble. And, Sawyer? Being buried alive makes me very nervous>”

Cover!!

Summary!!

Reluctant debutante Sawyer Taft joined Southern high society for one reason and one reason alone: to identify and locate her biological father. But the answers Sawyer found during her debutante year only left her with more questions and one potentially life-ruining secret. When her cousin Lily ropes her into pledging a mysterious, elite, and all-female secret society called the White Gloves, Sawyer soon discovers that someone in the group’s ranks may have the answers she’s looking for. Things are looking up… until Sawyer and the White Gloves make a disturbing discover near the family’s summer home–and uncover a twisted secret, decades in the making.
No one is quite who they seem to be in this twisty, soapy, gasp-inducing sequel to Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ unputdownable Little White Lies.

Author Information!!

Jennifer Lynn Barnes has written more than a dozen acclaimed young adult novels, including Little White Lies, The Lovely and the Lost, and The Naturals series: The NaturalsKiller InstinctAll InBad Blood and the e-novella, Twelve. Jen is also a Fulbright Scholar with advanced degrees in psychology, psychiatry, and cognitive science. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2012 and is currently a professor of psychology and professional writing at the University of Oklahoma. You can find her online at http://www.jenniferlynnbarnes.com or follow her on Twitter @jenlynnbarnes.

Book Information!!

  • Series: Debutantes on Book 2
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Freeform (November 5, 2019)

Let me know in the comments if you have been reading this series or plan to!!

Later book lovers!!

Throw Back Read: Two Dark Reigns!!!

I have heard so much hype for the final book in this series, So I really need to catch up on this series and finally get to the final book! I am so excited to venture by to this world and these characters!

Cover!!!

Summary!!

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake returns with the highly anticipated third book in the Three Dark Crowns series! And while Arsinoe, Mirabella, and Katharine all have their own scores to settle, there is another queen stirring things up on Fennbirn Island. Queen Katharine has waited her entire life to wear the crown. But now that she finally has it, the murmurs of dissent grow louder by the day. There’s also the alarming issue of whether her sisters are actually dead—or if they’re waiting in the wings to usurp the throne. Mirabella and Arsinoe are alive, but in hiding on the mainland and dealing with a nightmare of their own: being visited repeatedly by a specter they think might be the fabled Blue Queen. Though she says nothing, her rotting, bony finger pointing out to sea is clear enough: return to Fennbirn.   Jules, too, is in a strange place—in disguise. And her only confidants, a war-gifted girl named Emilia and her oracle friend Mathilde, are urging her to take on a role she can’t imagine filling: a legion-cursed queen who will lead a rebel army to Katharine’s doorstep. This is an uprising that the mysterious Blue Queen may have more to do with than anyone could have guessed—or expected. Don’t miss Five Dark Fates, the thrilling conclusion to the series, coming in September!

Author Information!!

Kendare Blake grew up in the small city of Cambridge, Minnesota. She is a graduate of Ithaca College, in Ithaca, New York and received a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Middlesex University in London, England. She loves to travel, is an advocate for animals, and cheats a lot when she plays Final Fantasy. Adopted from South Korea at the age of seven months, she arrived with the following instruction: “Feed her chocolate.” Though not medically advisable, she and her parents are eternally grateful for this advice. Kendare is the author of six novels: the contemporary SLEEPWALK SOCIETY, YA horror duo ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD (2011 NPR Top 5, Kirkus Top Ten), and GIRL OF NIGHTMARES (2012 Kirkus Reviews Top Ten), and the Goddess War trilogy (ANTIGODDESS, MORTAL GODS, UNGODLY).  Coming in September 2016: THREE DARK CROWNS, the first book in a fantasy series about warring triplet queens.

Book Information!

  • Series: Three Dark Crowns (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen on September 4, 2018

Let me in the comments if you are caught up on this series, or of you are planning to catch up!

later book lovers!!

Waiting on Wednesday: Sisters of Shadow and Light!!

So I recently won a giveaway for this book from Tor Teen! I am so excited to dive into this new read!! I am so excited to dive into this read!!

Cover!!!!!!

Summary!!

The night my sister was born, the stars died and were reborn in her eyes….

Zuhra and Inara have grown up in the Citadel of the Paladins, an abandoned fortress where legendary, magical warriors once lived before disappearing from the world―including their Paladin father the night Inara was born. On that same night, a massive, magical hedge grew and imprisoned them within the citadel. Inara inherited their father’s Paladin power; her eyes glow blue and she is able to make plants grow at unbelievable rates, but she has been trapped in her own mind because of a “roar” that drowns everything else out―leaving Zuhra virtually alone with their emotionally broken human mother. For fifteen years they have lived, trapped in the citadel, with little contact from the outside world…until the day a stranger passes through the hedge, and everything changes.

Author Information:

SARA B. LARSON is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of the YA fantasy Defy trilogy and the Dark Breaks the Dawn duology. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t write books―although she now uses a computer instead of a Little Mermaid notebook. Sara lives in Utah with her husband, their four children, and their Maltese, Loki. She writes in brief snippets throughout the day and the quiet hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims she should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.” When she’s not mothering or writing, you can often find her at the gym repenting for her sugar addiction.

Book Information:

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Teen on November 5, 2019
  • Language: English

Let me know in the comments if this book is on your fall TBR! I am really excited to read it!

TTT: Fall TBR!!!

So I am really trying to be better at following these seasonal TBRS and the books that I want to tackle in the next couple of months as the months get colder. I tend to want to read creepy reads, thrillers or books with creatures of some type. Here are the top ten books That I want to read!

  1. MoonCakes (Arc November 2019)
  2. The Okay Witch (Arc September 2019)
  3. PumpkinHeads (Arc August 2019)
  4. Hunting Prince Dracula (backlist title)
  5. The Beautiful (Arc October)
  6. The Beast (Arc October)
  7. Sadie (Backlist Ttile)
  8. The Tenth Girl (arc september)
  9. Fireborn (Arc October)
  10. This is our story (Backlist Title)

Let me know if any of these books are on your own fall TBR, Let me know in the comments!

later book lovers

American Royals (Arc Review)

American Royals  by Katherine McGee

Published by  Random House Books for Young Readers on September 3, 2019)

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 443

Format: BEA

Source: ARC

2019 challenge:

Buy on AmazonBarnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

What if America had a royal family? If you can’t get enough of Harry and Meghan or Kate and William, meet American princesses Beatrice and Samantha. Perfect for fans of Red, White, and Royal Blue and The Royal We!

Two princesses vying for the ultimate crown. 
Two girls vying for the prince’s heart. 
This is the story of the American royals.

When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne. Like most royal families, the Washingtons have an heir and a spare. A future monarch and a backup battery. Each child knows exactly what is expected of them. But these aren’t just any royals. They’re American.

As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America’s first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling. Nobody cares about the spare except when she’s breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn’t care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her. And then there’s Samantha’s twin, Prince Jefferson. If he’d been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.

The duty. The intrigue. The Crown. New York Times bestselling author Katharine McGee imagines an alternate version of the modern world, one where the glittering age of monarchies has not yet faded–and where love is still powerful enough to change the course of history.

My Thoughts:

I really did enjoy this read. I was super impressed with the world building and how Katharine crafted the world building of this book. I also really liked how this book followed three very different girls all involved in this royal world. I also really did enjoy the various romance that were developed through this novel. I really did like them all. I also loved the political drama that was was the focus of this novel. It was a super fast pace read, and one that def. threw me for twists. I really am excited to for book two and see what occurs next. This book was such a fun summer read!